A PILOT was reportedly killed after a small aircraft crashed in an empty lot — leading to a fire at a nearby house.
The plane crash took place near a highway in Victoria, Minnesota, at approximately 5.45pm on Saturday, with initial reports saying there were “multiple fatalities.”
Carver County Sheriff Jason Kamerud later confirmed at a news conference that there were “multiple victims” and “no survivors” from the aircraft, The Star Tribune reported.
The number of victims has not been confirmed and investigations will continue in the morning at two locations where plane debris landed.
People who resided in the house where part of the plane hit were not injured.
The plane crash led to a fire that was put out quickly by people who witnessed the crash, Kamerud explained.
Victoria Mayor Deb McMillan called the incident a “tragic situation,” adding: “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and all the loved ones of those involved.
A witness told Star Tribune that the aircraft hit the side of a house in the evening near Country Road 11 and Highway 5.
The crash prompted road closures and first responders to rush to the scene.
Despite no official word on the number of fatalities, a neighbor told the news outlet that one person was dead.
The neighbor suspected the deceased person to be the pilot and didn’t any sign of passengers.
He told the news outlet that he saw two residents from inside the house get out safely, including their two pets, a dog and a cat.
According to Fox9, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed the type of plane involved in the crash to be a Mooney M20M aircraft.
However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the plane struck an unoccupied home shortly before 6pm, KARE11 reported.
According to the FAA, the plane departing from Alexandria Municipal Airport and was headed to Eden Prairie’s Flying Cloud Airport.
Traffic cameras began showing “plumes of smoke” coming from the crash scene at approximately 5.40pm, Fox9 reported.
However, it is currently unknown how many people were in the plane at the time of the crash or why the incident took place.
MN Crime initially took to Twitter to say a house was on fire and officers were reporting multiple fatalities on the scene.
Crews reportedly requested a 2nd alarm fire response to the area of Country Road 11 and Highway 5.
And the plane is said to be owned by an individual in Omaha, Nebraska.
A reporter with CBS Minnesota’s WCCO also took to Twitter amid the crash and wrote: “Multiple witnesses tell @WCCO they witnessed a small plane crash a short time ago in Victoria.”
“We are awaiting official word from authorities,” the tweet concluded.
Alongside the tweet was a photo of the scene from Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic cameras.